It looks good, doesn’t it?
We can get caught up in the large rear wheels, or the metal spoiler, which are elements we’ve complained about with other models in the past. But neither of those detracts from the model.
There are obvious constraints that Hot Wheels has put on their basic models, and that means that a model may not tackle realism like, say, a Tomica Limited Vintage or Auto World model. But that is to be expected. Spoilers could be metal, rear wheels too large, and some details missing. But the hope is that the essence of the real car is there. You can look at the model and know exactly what it is.
And that seems to be a major factor in the success or failure of Hot Wheels supercars. With all the crazy curves, sleek ride-heights, and menacing angles, supercars are hard to replicate. There have been models that have swung and missed (Lotus Evora, Koenigsegg Agera R), and others that have gotten it right (Lamborghini Veneno, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta). There are others that just seem a little off (Pagani Huayra, LaFerrari). My guess is that if you ask a Hot Wheels designer, they would tell you supercars are tough.
But golly-gee, if that McLaren P1 isn’t one of the best they’ve done. I don’t know who did the design work for the McLaren, but kudos. It’s great.
I am not going to tell you what makes this a great Hot Wheels model. The photos will. At this point in the 2015 line, this is the best New Model so far…
Hot Wheels McLaren P1 (2015 New Models):